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Causes: Education

Mission: The Education Partnership provides school supplies to students and their teachers in low-income schools in Southwestern PA.

Results: The Education Partnership has grown to support over 57,000 students while serving over 157 schools and 8,300 teachers in 11 years!

Target demographics: Local schools and students

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh, PA

Programs: Teacher Resource Center The Teacher Resource Center provides school and classroom supplies, at no cost, to eligible schools in the organization's eight-county service area. Schools in these counties are eligible to apply to The Teacher Resource Center program each spring if 70% or more of their student population qualifies for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Teachers from partner schools are invited to the Teacher Resource Center once per semester. Each teacher is guaranteed an allotment of core school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, filler paper, crayons. Because of the generous donations we receive from the community, TEP also offers extra classroom supplies—like toys, clothing, cleaning supplies, furniture, etc.—that vary based on availability. Each time a teacher visits The Teacher Resource Center, they leave with approximately $1,000 worth of free supplies. Adopt-A-School The Adopt-A-School program addresses educational supply needs by equipping each student in a school with essential school supplies to complete their homework and creates an avenue of sustainable support to supply schools in economic distress with access to basic, critical supplies year-round at no cost. While the Teacher Resource Center helps teachers stock their classrooms, the Adopt-A-School program stocks an individual students' home with markers, erasers, glue, and more. STEAM Lending Library TEP's STEAM Lending Library Program equips teachers and students with high-tech resources. The STEAM program provides our partner teachers with classroom kits of ready-to-use, hands-on resources for teaching engaging lessons in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I see the care that Ed Partnership puts into all their work. I appreciate the supplies and I think they do a great job of listening to teachers and providing supplies based on our feedback. I don't know of anyone else who supports teachers like this organization does.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The supplies I receive and the care that I get when I walk in the doors make my trip to Corliss St. worth it every time. TEP really tries every day to get teachers and students supplies. I don't think I would be as effective of a teacher if it weren't for the constant support I get in the form of supplies, professional development, and support from TEP. Thank you TEP for all you do for students and their tired teachers!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Although the positive experiences with The Education Partnership go back to when they first opened their doors, I have to focus on what this organization has done for us during COVID. Teaching students remotely does not only involve getting devices into their hands. Elementary students need paper, pencils, crayons, whiteboards, dry erase markers, scissors, and books at home. The Education Partnership helped us out greatly with this! Students were also able to receive a throw blanket at one point through a generous donation. Taking everyone's health and safety into account, our terrific friends delivered the supplies to our school. Although we have returned to the classroom, increases in student illness and winter weather has caused us to go remote many times this year once again needing additional supplies that we were able to get through the Adopt a School program. Every person that I have encountered over the years at The Education Partnership has been warm, caring, and ready to pitch in to help our children!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I consider TEP absolutely essential for the success of students and teachers in my school. Without their supplies, my students would be without many items needed for learning. All of these supplies are what make learning possible in my classroom. Without them, I would have to spend hundreds of dollars on supplies to make my classroom run. I am so happy to get to be a part of their network.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at TEP, I have seen the tremendous impact their programs have on both teachers and students in under-served schools in our community. I have also seen the staff’s unwavering commitment to fulfilling the organization’s mission. I am proud to support TEP and the teachers and students they serve.

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

We love our partnership with The Education Partnership. As a school 100% free and reduced lunch population, we support our scholars and families with the supplies needed for school. We would not be able to do this without our partnership with The Education Partnership. We also have limited funds for needed furniture and other miscellaneous needs. The Education Partnership has afforded us the opportunity to replace parent/guardian meeting space furniture to make a clean, organized, and welcoming environment for our families! The opportunity to visit and shop at The Education Partnership also provides a fun and exciting event for our staff!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started working at Pressley Ridge Day School Greensburg 6 years ago and was impressed when I had the chance to first enjoy the benefits and excitement of the Education Partnership. The process of everything is so smooth, they are so amazingly flexible, and when you go to the place it is even more amazing! After I went through the first part of the program where you receive the packs that the volunteers make for the teachers and schools I couldn't help give the person a hug. It was amazing. School supplies that I was not sure I would have enough of I was able to get and then I was able to get to the part where we were able to search for treasures! It was just such a wonderful experience and it continues to be one year after year. And all the supplies that we receive are well used every year. The support, the dedication and the hard workings of the people from the ed Partnership are among the best non-profits I have ever worked with in my life. I can not thank them enough school year after school year!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always believed that children are our future. I give a big thank you to the Education Partnership and it's volunteer coordinator, Stacy. As a volunteer, I see the excitement first hand when the teachers come in to shop. I will continue to volunteer as often as I can.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership has made a huge impact on our students, school, and community. All students are given the same amount of supplies to utilize in the classroom and at home. Our students have participated in and completed monthly projects with these supplies. Additionally, teachers were able to give students books to read at home. This ultimately increased participation in our building reading incentive program.

The free STEM resources available has increased excitement and cross-curricular lessons for teachers to implement.

I am so thankful for The Education Partnership!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The contributions that The Education Partnership make are evidence of their goal to bring quality education to ALL students. They are supplying my classroom and providing me with resources to send home. Many of my students do not have the necessary supplies to complete school work at home. In this time of hybrid/online/in person learning having the tools at home are critical. I cannot explain in words how excited my students are when they are given supplies to take home. Their eyes light up and plans for using/sharing the supplies are immediately heard. A box of markers may cost $2.00...but in my classroom they are treated like a million bucks. The Education Partnership helps bridge the gap between the haves and have nots.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

"My schools have been involved with The Education Partnership for eight years, and I would never want to end the association. This group understands teaching and teacher needs and has created a generous support system that not only provides supplies but also helps build teacher morale. I love the "surprise extras" the Education Partnership offers beyond school supplies. For example, I have been able to select material, craft sticks and even furniture for our Maker Space. Each year, they get better and better. Their services have grown from offering pencils and crayons to maintaining a STEAM lending library. "

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The resources from the Educational Partnership always put a smile on my students' faces. Just today, I distributed a box of markers to each student. I wanted students to leave the markers at school so that we can complete colorful projects. A majority of the students asked if they could take them home. They wanted to practice working on our weather and shape concepts. A pack of markers made a whole group of students so motivated to continue their learning at home. To a 5 or 6 year old, receiving a pack of markers is like hitting the lottery.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are CLASS Academy in Beaver County and we could not be more appreciative and grateful for the opportunity to work with the program and especially the staff of The Education Partnership. Our teachers could not be more excited and thrilled with their supplies and ability to work them into their curriculum. Thank you!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a school leader, I am in awe of the work of TEP does for the schools greater Pittsburgh community. The donated supplies, resources and materials are invaluable to my staff and we are forever grateful. TEP is organized, well-managed, and detail oriented in every aspect of the organization. My staff look forward to visiting the warehouse and feel honored and celebrated by getting so many useful supplies for their classrooms. The team and TEP should be commended for their hard work and dedication!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership has been an incredible resource to the students of our district. They have provided our district with so much support through general school supplies and extra needed items for special projects. I teach STEM and so many of my materials have come from TEP. The people from TEP are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. They are caring and compassionate to the children in the Pittsburgh area and believe that no child should ever go without basic school supplies. We are very lucky to have them as a partner in educating our students. Their worth to our school district is unmeasurable.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The education partnership is a fantastic organization. They are one of the few organizations that help students attending high poverty schools and support teachers who are working in high poverty schools. Not only does this outstanding organization provides basic school supplies for students, but they also donate materials to allow schools to provide opportunities to students that might not otherwise be available. Through the Education Partnerships' dedication and hard work, it is evident that they are wholeheartedly dedicated to ensuring equity for all children.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership provides students and teachers with something that is priceless...opportunity. It provides teachers with supplies, bookbags, clothing, jackets, furniture, and electronics. Currently, it seems that budgets are constantly shrinking. Less and less is provided to create a rich learning environment for students. To make up for this, teachers often spend their own money. The Education Partnership provides teachers with the opportunity to fill the gap.

Teachers are able to shop at The Education Partnership Resource Center for free supplies, as well as request wish list items. These supplies and requests provide opportunities for the students. Each student is able to have the supplies they need regardless of economic status. The supplies remove the barriers that prevent students from completing homework and projects. Students have the opportunity to feel equal with their peers. This in turn affects self-esteem, confidence, and attendance. The opportunities provided by The Education Partnership are endless.

Beyond the items and supplies, the organization is outstanding because of the employees and volunteers. I have never met a more dedicated, kindhearted, energetic, hardworking group of people. They share in our triumphs and assist in our challenges. They are warriors fighting for the teachers and students of public education.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership provides us with school supplies for our students twice a year. They go above and beyond to connect us with other resources like furniture (we got some to furnish the teachers' lounge and classrooms), technology (some student families were able to pick up some technology during the pandemic) and even write grants for our students to receive more school and health and hygiene supplies. The people there are always willing to support us in any way they can. This is a wonderful and responsive organization!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership is an amazing foundation that enables my students to have the supplies they need to succeed in their school career. I work for a Head start program. The children we service are low income and don't have many of the necessities that are needed to succeed. Through the Education Partnership, we have been able to supply the students with basic necessities like pencils, paper, glue, and scissors. These basic needs are taken for granted by many, but are unattainable for a lot of my students. It is hard to learn without these basic needs. The Education Partnership continues to donate these basic needs as well as other supplies that help enhance my student's learning. Without the Education Partnership and their donations, my students would not be able to have the success that enables them to be prepared and ready to start Kindergarten. With such a sturdy foundation, they are able to enter Kindergarten prepared and ready to succeed. The Education Partnership is an amazing foundation that helps give our students a fighting chance to start school in a successful way and then ultimately become successful adults.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership has been an extremely valuable asset to our school district. Over the last few years, their continued support for students and staff has been tremendous. Having worked in many school districts throughout Western Pennsylvania, I only wish everyone had the opportunity to have a resource such as EP. Their relationships with our staff have enabled them to provide needed supplies, equipment, and materials to our students. They are genuinely a student-centered organization that ensures schools are supported at all times.

Dr. Maluchnik
Interim Superintendent
Wilkinsburg Borough SD

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership has played a vital role during the pandemic to get supplies to our students and families. TEP has supplied our teachers with much needed supplies. When we are in need of hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes and masks, we are grateful we have a partner like TEP to resource from.
thank you for being a part of our school community!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

With the Covid pandemic, we weren't sure how we were going to provide supplies to our students for virtual learning. Our kids don't have school supplies at home (and can't afford them) and our district has a limited budget. The Education Partnership saved the day! They provided our kids with notebooks, markers, pencils and other school supplies to help with their virtual learning! So when these supplies were given to us, we were so excited! We are so thankful to be a part of this wonderful group!
they keep on giving - when we began in-person, the Education Partnership provided hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes and masks!! They truly have taken care of us at the Primary Center in these stressful school years.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership offers a wonderful opportunity for staff to shop for free school supplies. There are two sections when shopping. The first section offers limited quantities on folders, tablets, pens, pencils, erasers, scissors, crayons, markers, etc. The second section selection varies every time you shop from hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes, spray cleaner, backpacks, books, mailing/legal envelops, decorative signs, desktop monitors, etc. Our music teacher was able to even get instruments for students. It is an amazing opportunity.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership is an amazing resource for our Title I school! Students feel more confident and ready to learn when they have everything that need. TEP helps us ensure that they do.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership has provided me and my students so many tools for my classroom. I would have to spend so much more of my personal money on the items that make my classroom function like pencils, paper, and glue. Now I have the resources to spend my personal money on the items that make my classroom more fun, engaging and comfortable for my students.

I consider TEP one of my partners in the classroom and the work they do truly helps my work and my students' learning.

4 Kelli C. B.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership does wonderful work helping low-income schools get the supplies they need. I have donated to them in the past and definitely plan to do so in the future.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership is a great nonprofit helping teachers and students get the school supplies they need throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our staff might be small, but we are mighty undertaking such a great challenge to help local schools to succeed. We are able to accomplish our mission by the help of wonderful volunteers and donors. The volunteers are truly the heart of The Education Partnership giving countless hours helping in The Teacher Resource Center, packing core school supplies and helping with the Adopt A School builds. As the volunteer manager I am honored to know such great volunteers that want to see our education system to flourish. If you are looking for a great nonprofit to support then you found the right one. Please come and volunteer. I would love to meet you.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership Is amazing! I’ve done work with them with 100.7 Star Bubba Show at Audacy radio. My late fathers 501c3 has donated to TEP. Both of my parents were teachers. The utmost respect for educators is my world. That’s why TEP is so important in our communities. What they provide cannot be duplicated.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former educator, I realize the importance of teachers/ schools having an abundance of supplies. Far too many times teachers use their own resources to purchase necessary items for their classrooms, but The Education Partnership eliminates the need for them to do so. My late husband's non -profit has donated to them, and I have also donated to them personally. I am elated that this Partnership exists, and I will certainly continue to support them.

Virginia Monaghan

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership (TEP) provides an amazing service for schools that are underfunded and need help. TEP helps teachers and students get what they need to maintain a high quality of education in our schools. I have had the opportunity to volunteer and help organize the Resource Center where teachers can pick up the supplies they need. TEP's Resource Center constantly receives new and different supplies. It is rewarding to see the teachers get what they need to help the students. I have also helped to put together packages that send supplies directly to students at the schools. It's great know that TEP is helping so many students. What a great place!

3 412strong

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TEP is such a crucial piece of the puzzle for so many under-served schools, their students, and in big, big way, their teachers. Putting an emphasis on supporting teachers right now is so critical to ensuring that those people who are responsible for fostering in the next generation arent dissuaded in their careers because of how society has, and continues to, undervalue the role they play in society.

Its amazing to know that an organization like TEP exists to support our region specifically, and I'm always impressed with their dedication and kindness of the staff and volunteers!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This year we wanted to give back to the community, as we have had many positive things happen in our lives. When choosing which non-profit we would donate to, TEP rose to the top of our list. The children of our country are our future. They will make the world a better place, but in order for that to happen, they must receive the foundation of a good education. To enable that foundation to be established, the schools must have the tools necessary to lay the foundation. TEP provides those tools to the teachers and students of our community. We were happy to make a contribution to TEP and encourage others to do the same. The children ARE our future and we need to do all we can to help them get the best education possible. Marty and Pat McGuinn

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Education Partnership works diligently to get students the supplies they need. Throughout COVID, they worked to provide cleaning materials and PPE to schools to help students and teachers keep safe in their classrooms. With their small staff and financial budget, they are able to give so much back to schools in need. This is truly a great nonprofit!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

TEP has impacted my life in two different ways. From 2015-2016 while I was teaching, I was able to come to TEP and "shop" for school supplies for my classroom. This was a miracle. As many folks know, many school districts struggle to provide even the basics to their students. Because TEP was able to take care of the basics, I could divert some of my personal funds to more elaborate science materials for my classroom. Now, fast forward to 2022, I find myself managing the same program I once participated in. I very much look forward to serving our community, and feel supported by the caring and mission driven staff here at TEP.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer often at The Education Partnership. I have counted supplies, wrapped pallets of product, painted radiators, help teachers check-out during distribution dates, checked-in guests for events, handed out school kits during school distributions, organize files….

When I am going to volunteer, it puts a smile on my face. This is an awesome organization that puts their heart and soul into the mission.

The best rewards for me has been reading the student thank-you notes (some get me teary-eyed) and meeting teachers on distribution dates. Watch the videos….

Educating our youth is a top priority and every child deserves the chance for success.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been hearing about the unfolding of this organization for several years. The vision of a few ppl to help the teachers of our city and therefore help the children of our city has been a wonderful journey to watch. The doors are to officially open next week and finally start offering this gift to our teachers who on a daily basis give many gifts to their students. Today I volunteered. While I was there, there were many different ppl with many different backgrounds, all with a common goal.... to help this organization help others. What a wonderful way to come together as a community, to help our community!